Cheslie Kryst, a Miss USA 2019 winner and Extra journalist, has been confirmed as the lady who fell from a Manhattan high-rise early Sunday. According to the New York Post, she leaped from the 60-story Orion Building on West 42nd Street around 7:15 a.m. Kryst was 30 years old.
“We share the heartbreak and deep sorrow of our darling Cheslie’s demise,” Kryst’s family wrote in a statement released Sunday. “Her enormous light, with its beauty and strength, inspired others all around the world. She was a woman who cared, loved, laughed, and shone.”
“Whether through her work as an attorney fighting for social justice, as Miss USA, or as a host on Extra, Cheslie personified love and helped others,” the statement read. “But most significantly, we know her effect will continue on as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and colleague.” Her family has requested anonymity as they “think on our loss.”
Kryst was a resident on the Orion Building’s ninth floor. According to the Post, she was alone when she jumped and was seen on a 29th-floor terrace. She posted a modelling photo on her Instagram profile just hours before she died. She wrote, “May this day offer you calm and peace.”
Police have not stated why she committed suicide. According to the Post, she sent a note to her mother in which she left her belongings, but there was no mention of a motivation. “Not only was she stunning, but she was also intelligent – she was a lawyer,” a police source told the site. “She has a life that would make anyone envious…. It’s heartbreaking.”
Kryst was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and relocated to South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina after graduating from high school. She went on to Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after finishing her undergraduate degree. She received her diploma in 2017. She was crowned Miss North Carolina in 2019 and then Miss USA in 2019. Miss University 2019 placed her in the top ten. Because the 2020 contest was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, she became the longest-reigning Miss USA. She relocated to New York in late 2019 to cover the entertainment sector for Extra, for which she got two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.
In a statement, Extra added, “Our hearts are broken.” “Cheslie was not only an important element of our show, but she was also a valued member of our Extra family who had an impact on the entire crew. We send our heartfelt condolences to her entire family and friends.”
If you or someone you know is in danger, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.